Ali, synonym with Boxing

Muhammad Ali had his worst time in boxing when he refused to give a step forward in order to go to Vietnam.

He was asked, “What do you think about the Vietcong?” to what he replied: “I ain’t got nothing against them Vietcong.” This was surely a much different argument than what Joe Louis said when he enlisted to fight at the World War II: “We will win because we are on God’s side.”

From that point on, boxing star Ali was severely criticized by most of the press with just a few supporters including ABC’s broadcaster Howard Cosell.

On May 8, 1967, Ali was convicted for draft evasion by an all-white Federal Grand Jury, but walked a free man on appeal. At such time, he was banned from boxing and spent 3 and a half years on a hiatus, which he used to travel around the country and learn more about the Muslim world in the USA.

Joe Frazier became the heavyweight champion while Muhammad Ali was absent, but many fans believed Frazier was the champ just because Ali wasn’t there.

And they were right, as when Muhammad Ali returned, he beat Frazier at the Madison Square Garden in 15 rounds.

Without any questions, Muhammad Ali (previously knows as Cassius Clay), remains the Boxer by excellence.


~ by Pay Per Head Sportsbook on October 15, 2008.

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